A pilot project on flex-fuel buses
Volvo and Volkswagen have shown interest in supplying vehicles powered by alternate fuels like methane and ethanol claim industry sources. They draw attention to an announcement by union minister Nitin Gadkari in this regard. Expected to be run on a pilot basis in the country, Volvo is said to be keen to supply 50 methane powered buses to Pune and Mumbai. Chances are that the project, if successful, will be replicated to other cities. Bio-CNG is also claimed to be a fuel that is being looked at other than methane and ethanol. Volkswagen is claimed to be ready to supply flex-engine for 100 vehicles if the supply of ethanol is ensured. The ministry of transport is said to be looking at the production of bio-fuel ethanol in large quantities in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Cabs employing flex-fuel engines and with ethanol as fuel could save Rs.4.5 per km on fuel charges. Gadkari, claim sources, gave an example of Stockholm where 400 buses are known to be running on ethanol.